THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Jun11

Boys Toys, Chelmsford, June 15th

Why are you running about trying to get your father a present for this Sunday? Don’t work so hard! Get him a ticket to Boys Toys at Hylands Park instead…

Though lower down this post we offer a few other ideas… tools. BBQ stuff. World Cup bunting to decorate your garden… all the cliches. Having said that, some tools are great, like this one Okatsune 217 Hedge Shears

Boys Toys 2014 at Hylands Park in Chelmsford might not seem like Modern Mint’s normal modus operandi – we normally eschew extreme stunts, helicopter flights and monster truck rides for a gentler way of life.

But now and again you need the contrast. So bring on the power!

Starts at 11am, Spitfire MK XI and Hawker Hurricane arrive at 1, they will be worth the entrance fee alone. What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now!

Of course, if that doesn’t do it for you… because your father prefers gardening to cars (or you just can’t make it to Chelmsford…)

Here are a few more ideas for presents this Father’s day:

And now for some tools!

and the best power tools of them all…

Enjoy! Happy shopping!

Jan12

A Topiary Calendar – When To Prune

Below are a few pointers on when you need to think about your topiary and hedges this year, so you can make sure you clip at the best time and not waste any effort doing work you don’t need to do… January & February Roses, fruit trees and wisteria is where the focus lies. Yes, it is cold and the work can be unpleasant because you are often stood on a ladder with your secateurs, barely moving enough to warm the body, but get these jobs done well, with care, and you can enjoy the fruits and flowers of your …

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Jan11

The English Garden Magazine – On Our Topiary Workshop

Last September when I and topiary artist (and mentor) Charlotte Molesworth ran a weekend of topiary masterclasses we had a visit from the garden writer Non Morris. You can read more about Non and her garden design work and writings here. She has written a lovely article for the February 2022 edition of The English Garden Magazine about her afternoon working with us and learning about topiary – I’m really thrilled by the piece, because she mentions not just a little of the wonderful history of Balmoral Cottage and how the garden grew, but also shares a little of how …

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Nov17

Topiary Provocation Autumn 2021

This Autumn I have presented another ‘Topiary Provocation’ to keen gardeners and designers. If you want to know more about topiary, the report on what we discussed and where modern topiary is going can be read by clicking the link below: Topiary Provocation Report Autumn 2021 This report is free to post on your own website or blog, just credit Modern Mint, and don’t change anything within it. Alternatively you can just share it with keen friends… or enemies?